Indiana has moved on from Archie Miller and is looking for someone to rebuild the basketball program. That much you probably knew. But who is available to take the reins?
Actually, a whole list of decent (and to this point, entirely hypothetical) candidates.
Many of those rumored to have an interest in coaching the storied program are the same names we heard before Miller got the gig: Indiana legend Steve Alford, now the coach at Nevada; former Hoosiers guard and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson; and former Michigan coach John Beilein.
Here’s a quick breakdown of whom Indiana might pursue:
Alford: As a coach, he has taken four different teams to the NCAA Tournament, and he will likely get Nevada there shortly — which would make him one of just three coaches to take FIVE different programs to the tourney. Part of that is because Alford moves around a lot — by his own choice and otherwise. But Indiana can likely forget it. Reports say Alford isn’t interested in leaving Nevada.
Beilein: He may be the best fit, given his success at Michigan and West Virginia, and how those teams always played “the right way.” Mostly, they won. Beilein is currently serving as an analyst for BTN after failing to last a season in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. (As an aside, the Cavs remain every bit as bad as when Beilein was there.) But Beilein, 68, may want to retire from coaching. It could be difficult to pry him away from his cushy TV gig.
Woodson: With no experience in the recruiting game, Woodson could be a risky choice. But his NBA teams have almost always outperformed expectations, and his laid-back approach has always been admired by his players. Woodson also remains cherished in his home state. There’s no indication he wants to leave the NBA, but the Hoosiers might be wise to find out.
Eric Musselman: He’s another guy who has bounced around a little, mostly by choice — but Musselman has won everywhere he’s been. He did it in the NBA G League. He did it at Nevada. And now he’s doing it at Arkansas, which is a No. 3 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Musselman grew up in Ohio, so he is quite familiar with the Midwest and Big Ten. His teams are always highly disciplined, and yes, successful. And no coach promotes his program like Musselman. He’d be a great for Indiana. Again, though, can the Hoosiers make an offer (with cold, hard cash) that will entice Musselman to leave his current program?
Brad Stevens: Ah, yes. You knew this name was coming. But hey, it makes sense. He is an Indiana native who played college ball at Division III DePauw. He led Butler to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA championship game. And his current job with the Boston Celtics just might be wearing him down. Stevens has a big contract in Boston, so winning him over wouldn’t be easy. Make no mistake, though. He would be the perfect fit with the Hoosiers — and is a coach many fans want.
Others to consider: Scott Drew, Baylor; Chris Beard, Texas Tech; Dana Altman, Oregon; Mark Pope, BYU; Dane Fife, Michigan State asst.; Dennis Gates, Cleveland State; Joe Pasternack, UC Santa Barbara; Andy Enfield, USC; Nate Oats, Alabama.